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About 2 months ago, I had lower abdominal surgery to correct two inguinal hernias. The surgery went well and I have since recovered. At this point, I still do have scar tissue, and my surgeon said I may feel ridges from the scar tissue for about 3 months. Right after the surgery, I was definitely swollen. I felt like I was several months pregnant. I physically could not suck in my lower stomach at all, and trying to do so would hurt. Although the swelling has gone down, I was left with a little lower belly pooch! I notice that I still can not really suck in my lower abs, even though I don't feel pain if I try to do so. I can do this just fine with the upper abs, just not the lower belly area. I am back to my regular cardio and strength training routine, and ordered P90X, which I will be starting as soon as it arrives in the mail.

What else can I do to help my belly, exercise-wise? I have a good diet where I'm cutting back on processed foods and eating lots of lean protein, fruits, veggies, and moderate amounts of low glycemic carbs. I also drink a lot of water. Usually cardio really helps me get rid of belly flab, but my stomach doesn't feel flabby really, it feels somewhat harder! More ab work doesn't help either. Is this something that perhaps will just take a while to go down? I thought maybe some pilates/yoga/stretching may help with it. I also am interested in trying one of those belly bands that women use after having a baby (since it's somewhat similar for me). I bought a similar belt that goes around with velcro, and it does seem to help! It's just bulky!

Is there anything else I can do to help get those abs to suck in? Or am I just not being patient enough? It's pretty much the only problem area at this point!

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